Ocean City Today

Shady Side Village approved on south side of Old Bridge

By Brian Gilliland | Jan 04, 2018

(Jan. 5, 2018) Allowable by right in the zoned R-4 residential parcel, a 36-duplex, one single-family home development in West Ocean City earned the approval of the Worcester County Commissioners Tuesday.

The development will be situated on a nearly five-acre parcel along the south side of Old Bridge Road, near the intersection with Route 50, with almost half of that area devoted to open space.

The parcel, owned by Kathleen Clark of Ocean City, contains about 4.5 acres of uplands, 8,700 square feet of non-tidal wetlands and 2,600 square feet of tidal wetlands. There is some forested area to the rear of the parcel, according to the Worcester County Department of Development Review and Permitting.

All of the forested areas and wetlands on the parcel are to be preserved, according to the plans, and no commercial uses have been sought by the owner.

The parcel’s zoning, R-4 Residential, encourages infill development at higher unit density to stimulate traditional neighborhood development while still maintaining conservation features. As such, the zone allows a maximum of eight units per acre, with 70 percent of the area available for residential uses and 30 percent used for open space and recreation. The proposal meets all of these qualifications, and includes a playground.

The neighboring zones are a mix of commercial uses, generally along the nearby Route 50 corridor and residential uses, to the north and south of the highway.

Ed Tudor, director of development review and permitting, told the commissioners this proposal was not seeking a rezoning request, any waivers or any special exceptions of any kind. It was found consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan for development.

Clark was short nine equivalent dwelling units, or EDUs, which are units of water and wastewater treatment capacity. However, her attorney Hugh Cropper said Clark owned seven EDUs on other properties that could be transferred to this parcel, and she had a contract to purchase the two additional EDUs in hand.

The commissioners approved the project unanimously.

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